A team of veterans affected by military operations has swapped home comforts for two months of nautical endurance as they attempt to sail 2000 nautical miles around the British Isles.
Under blue skies, crowds of well-wishers at Falmouth harbour in Cornwall waved the crew of 17 veterans - many with little or no sailing experience - a noisy goodbye on Saturday, 5 August, on the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge 2017.
The crew will spend eight weeks at sea circumnavigating Britain aboard a 92-foot tall ship. The journey will see them sail around Wales and Scotland before heading down Britain's East coast and a final leg back to Falmouth.
The expedition has been organised by Turn to Starboard, a Falmouth-based sailing charity that helps hundreds of military personnel suffering with physical injuries or mental trauma, by providing sailing courses in a supportive environment.
The expedition will be led by Turn to Starboard Sailing Instructor and former Royal Marine, Dan Fielding. After being medically discharged from the Royal Navy, Dan signed up for the charity's 'Zero to Hero' programme, and has gone on to qualify as a Yacht master Instructor and skipper of the epic challenge.
He said: "The aim of the Round Britain Challenge is to help participants re-engage, reintegrate and gain new skills while raising awareness of some of the challenges veterans can face after Service life. Many of the participants are seeking solace in the companionship of others who have experienced similar situations, which allows them to feel valued in a supportive environment. Wish us luck!"
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